McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless.

Following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley – foundress of the Sisters of Mercy – we offer welcoming crisis and longer term accommodation, vital employment services, social and recreational support and children's services.

In 2016, we helped around 1,000 women and children to rebuild their lives, supporting them on their journey towards independence and safer futures. In November 2016 we opened the new McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless, in Pickett Street, Footscray.


In the case of emergency please call POLICE 000. To access crisis accommodation call 1800 015 188

Children’s Commissioner visits McAuley Care

The importance of McAuley’s multi-faceted children’s program was in no doubt at a recent visit to McAuley Community Services for Women by Liana Buchanan, Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Snapshot of life at McAuley House

A researcher’s snapshot of life at McAuley House in March 2017 provides an important insight into the lives of the women living in the new $11 million facility at Pickett St, Footscray, which was opened in November 2016. It also provides staff and policy makers with vital information about women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Winter newsletter out now

​The Winter 2017 edition of our newsletter, Women Matter, is now out. It features stories about our work with women in the community. Read about the Victorian Premier visiting McAuley House in Footscray, visit from the Victoria Commissioner for Children and Young People and more.